by Dannie Lynn Aasted

happy-campersHappy Campers
Publisher: Design Originals
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 30
ISBN-10: 1574219650
ISBN-13: 978-1574219654

Thaneeya McArdle is an illustrator who has created many coloring books in addition to Happy Campers. Her other coloring books include Follow Your Bliss, Peace and Love, Day of the Dead, Christmas, and a 2016 Day-to-Day Coloring Calendar. In total, she has 18 published books, and many more downloadable ones.

She also has several great images that are available on shirts, bags, necklaces, phone covers and much more. This includes my favorite – business cards. You can purchase all of her products in her shop, and you can join her Facebook group for coloring fun.

I was attracted to this book because of its title – Happy Campers. I love to camp, and it seemed like a great book to keep in my camper. When I got the book I was pleasantly surprised. The inside cover and first four pages are a beginning colorist’s dream.

This isn’t just a coloring book – it’s also an invitation to play with doodles, shapes and patterns. Coloring and patterning are relaxing meditative activities that encourage self-expression, sending you on a creative adventure. My hope is that this book can be a launching pad to spark your creativity and unleash your inner artist.
-Thaneeya McArdle

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Book Size: 8.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Design Borders: Only one picture with borders
  • Design Lines: Both thin and thick
  • Paper: Thick, nice paper
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: glue bound
Picture colored from Happy Campers by Dannie Lynn Aasted.

Happy Campers contains 30 images. It’s well-made. Each is on a thick paper, single-sided and can be removed with perforated pages that don’t affect the image. Plus it has tips, techniques and the space to try them out on the pictures. Or if you are a beginner, large easy shapes to color. Overall, this is an excellent book and should appeal to all colorist at any level, and with any medium. But if you love camping, or for that matter travel, it makes it even more fun. Due to all the information in this book, I will be keeping this long after its colored.

I love this book. The images are fun, and the informational section and quotes are great bonuses. It gave me the courage I needed to start trying out her suggestions. I stumbled on to this book, yet it has become one of my all-time favorites. I will be looking for more Thaneeya McArdle books!

Thaneeya McArdle can also be found at where she offers free drawing and coloring lessons, free images and much more.

Dannie Aasted is a published author and has appeared in the first issue of Color On! Magazine. In her free time she loves to write, color and camp, so was really excited by this review. The mother of six and grandmother of nine, she has been coloring for over 50 years, but just got serious about a year ago. Watch the upcoming launch of her new blog – All Things Written Colored or Cast with a focus on daily gratitude. It will launch November 1, 2015. She can be contacted at, and and would love to chat about coloring, writing or camping.

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